"Changing Neural Pathways Every Class Period"
"Anyone can talk, but few do so strategically"
rules of the road
1. Attendance - the very nature of this class requires attendance. Inevitably, unforeseen emergencies arise that necessitate missing a scheduled class. In order to avoid penalizing any student who must, for some reason, be absent, the following policy exists:
Students are held responsible for information covered in the session missed. Notes should be obtained from fellow classmates, not the professor. Excessive absences (more than 3) will result in a course grade reduction. If your involvement in university-sponsored activities requires that you miss certain class period, then you must provide the professor with a written calendar of the days you will miss.
2. Plagiarism - all work should be the product of the student’s individual effort.
3. Written work - all daily work and major papers should be typed and conform to the UWGB writing policy guidelines. This is one mark of professionalism.
4. Extra credit - I do not assign and will not grade extra credit.
5. Late work - Major projects may be turned in late with a penalty of one letter grade per day. Daily assignments cannot be made up. You will receive a “ 0” for the day.
All grading will be done on a “0 - 100%” scale which translates into the following letter grades:
|A: 92% +||C: 70 -78%|
|AB: 89 - 91%||D: 60 - 69%|
|B: 82 - 88%||F: Below 59%|
|BC: 79 -81%|
Listed below is some advice from former communications students who have successfully trained their neural pathways.
"Taking a Phil class will definitely raise your stress levels. However, once the class is over, you will realize that it was all worth it." -Jerome Allen
"Do not concern yourself with what you believe Phil is "looking for" as the "right answer," rather construct a unique solution to the problem and develop a strong line of rationale and you will succeed beyond measure" -Marcus Reitz
"GO TO CLASS!!! No matter how many notes you print off the website, you will never get all the information! Also...read, read, read! If you don't read, the multiple choice questions in the exams are going to kick your butt!" -Angela Stangel
should be striving for excellence by: 1) continuously improving personal communication skills such as listening, public speaking, writing and managing conflict, 2) developing effective group communication skills by knowing how to effectively and efficiently solve problems, 3) becoming critical thinkers by understanding how to analytically and strategically address communication problems and 4) developing communication expertise by learning fundamental communication principles, practices and theories. Concentrating on these four critical areas puts every student in the best possible position to become a thoughtful, strategic, and professional communicator. Such individuals glisten like rare gems – coveted by friends, colleagues and organizations.
7 Questions to guide your thinking...
Can you prove it?
What are your assumptions?
What is effectiveness?
What is the pattern?
What can you do about it?
Is it ethical?
"There is no wisdom like frankness." - Benjamin Disraeli